Holliday hits town
Brothers re-elected Chair of KBE
Dorie Combs and C.B. Akins named vice chairs
This from C-J:
Kentucky's new education commissioner said Wednesday that his first priority is to win a competitive federal grant for school reform.
Commissioner Terry Holliday, in his first day on the job, told the state Board of Education that he plans to aggressively go after money through the $4.35 billion “Race to the Top Fund” unveiled by President Barack Obama late last month.
“The whole purpose is to get more kids graduating from high school and prepared for postsecondary work, whether it be community college, college or technical training, or even the armed services,” Holliday told reporters during a break in the monthly board meeting.
Money will be awarded to states that propose strategies for raising academic standards, adopting common student assessment tests and improving teacher quality.
School Board Chairman Joe Brothers said Kentucky is ahead of other states because of a bill passed by the legislature this year.
Senate Bill 1 scraps the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System — known as CATS — and requires the Department of Education to devise new educational standards and a new test for the 2011-12 school year.
“The word on the street, and in articles being written in education circles, is that Kentucky has positioned itself to reassume some of the leadership it had at one time and maybe has not sustained over time,” Brothers said...